I read an example of a good sequel and a bad sequel. Might be able to learn something here if you want to write a good sequel. In the bad sequel, the sequel was nothing but filler. The beginning, good. The last two chapters, shocking. The middle twenty chapters were just a lot of filler … Continue reading Good Sequel, Bad Sequel: What can writers learn?
How does a writer come up with a story? This is a question non-writers ask me sometimes. How does it even happen? I think similar things about digital illustrators or cake chefs or sculptors. How do you even come up with the thing, right? How does it go from nothing to novel? As a writer, … Continue reading From Nothing to Novel: How a story is born
Writing fiction can be an enjoyable delight, like a sunset blushing the sky. But it can also come with a prickly shadow, or have clouds rolling in, threatening a storm. Apart from all the technical worries like chapter length or character names, there's also these monsters that will climb out of the darkness, threatening you to give up:
In movies, scene jumps can be sudden, but this doesn't always work for fiction writing. So, what do you do? Here are six different ways.
I've talked about commentary, head hopping, point of view, dialogue, and who's story it's about. In this article, I'm going to talk about why I might put something in double quotes or single quotes.